• Mark Durnford

Good body position in swimming

Updated: Mar 30, 2020

Good body position swimming - Often when I am approached by swimmers who are finding buoyancy, and particularly lower body buoyancy to be a challenge, I ask them to perform a strong push off from the wall as previously described. Staying relaxed and lengthened to keep gliding until they either run out of air or the glide runs out of momentum. More often than not, the swimmer covers a long distance from this one push off with relative ease and end up traveling a significant distance on one breath. During the glide their legs stay lifted and they adopt a great streamlined position in the water before they stand up to stop. It is at this point that I highlight to them how easy and simple moving through the water can be. Yet often, when the same swimmer adds the arm stroke, the legs can begin to sink and the swimmer tires very quickly. They add tension to the stroke and core, beginning what can only be described as picking a fight with the water. This is never a good move, as the water not only does not care, it will always win! Instead, if you glide effortlessly in a streamlined position, by adding technically correct arms, legs and breathing, this should simply add propulsion to a great foundation.

Do not be afraid to frequently practise push offs and glides, challenging yourself to go further each time by using a stronger push off, adopting a more streamlined position and ultimately relaxing in the water.

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The following clip demonstrates how to achieve good body position for swimming: